Visiting the 1893 World’s Fair
October 23, 2013
4904 S. Lake Park Ave.
When Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America was first issued in 1892 Chicago was preparing to entertain its largest crowd in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire. The enterprising author of this guide book sought to “inform” visitors about the after-hours entertainment available across the city. Both damning and exalting, it reveals a city still mired in its past but reaching for its future.
Join historian Paul Durica and Northwestern Professor Bill Savage as they bring the Chicago of the 1893 World’s Fair to life. Reading in character, they will be visited by other interesting figures of the day.
Wear your best 1893 garb and relive the most exciting time of 19th century America.
Chicago by Day and Night: Visiting the 1893 World’s Fair is part of our annual Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series. The presentation is in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information about CAM 2013, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org .